The Fish Creek neighborhoods are off of Fish Creek Falls Road, a four-mile road that runs from the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association to Fish Creek Falls, an impressive waterfall that is one of the top attractions for visitors to the Steamboat area. The Falls may look familiar to Coors beer drinkers, for it has been used as the image for their logo since 1937.
Most of the residences in Fish Creek Falls are free-standing homes, although there are sections of duplexes and townhouses. Homes range in size from 1,600 square feet to more than 6,000. The homes are mostly new, with the oldest ones built in the 1970s. That means most of the plumbing, electrical systems and other features are up-to-date.
While there has been a lot of growth in this area over the past 10 to 15 years, residents should not expect to see a lot more. For most of the residents in these developments, Fish Creek Falls provides a yearround home and second-home owners are not as common.
The subdivisions have a traditional feel, with ample yards for playground equipment and long driveways for playing basketball. Some areas such as Willet Heights are higher-density and have duplexes on quarter-acre lots, while other areas such as Blue Sage having single-family homes on lots that are a quarter and half an acre.
Climbing up Fish Creek Falls Road, subdivisions disappear and houses sit on larger lots. The road snakes around through aspen groves, giving glimpses of the ski mountain and of town, and eventually bringing drivers to Fish Creek Falls.
Most of the Fish Creek Falls area is easily within biking distance from town, and it also provides some of the most spectacular views in the city, including Howelsen Hill, Sleeping Giant and the ski area. The road from town quickly gains elevation, so homeowners can watch the sun set over town and the sun rise on the ski area.
Steamboat Boulevard and Hilltop Lane offer easy connections to the mountain and to Highway 40 east of town, so all areas of Steamboat are easily accessible.
Finding a family-oriented neighborhood to raise their three children brought Bill and Carolyn Krueger to the Fish Creek Falls area seven years ago, and they've been happy with the move ever since.
In the Kruegers' neighborhood, probably threequarters of the families have children. The residents without children usually have at least two dogs, Bill Krueger said. Children roam the neighborhoods and invariably end up in the backyard with the most space and the greenest grass, Krueger said. There are yellow signs for kids playing, basketball hoops over garage doors and plastic slides in back yards. There are trails leading from downtown to the top of Steamboat Boulevard, so it's possible to walk and bike, and undeveloped land at the boundary of the Fish Creek Falls area means wild animals often pass through the neighborhood.
"We've seen foxes, deer, elk, bears. Last year we even had moose running down Fish Creek Falls Road," Krueger said. "Since we're above town, most of the lots have good sunsets... Just being higher up out of the valley, there are a few more benefits."